LCC employee becomes new East Lansing Fire Department chief

An LCC faculty member with 30 years of service was named chief of the East Lansing Fire Department this week. Dawn Carson teaches in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program. In her full-time career, Carson has been a member of the East Lansing Fire Department for the past 27 years, advancing to the rank of deputy chief.

In June 2021, Deputy Chief Carson was promoted to Interim Fire Chief following the retirement of then-Chief Randy Talifarro. Effective Sept. 20, the interim title was removed, and Chief Carson now leads the second largest fire department within the mid-Michigan region. She is the department’s first female chief.

In addition to her earned degrees, Chief Carson completed her EMT education in 1989, paramedic in 1994, and EMS instructor/coordinator in 1996. She is also a graduate of LCC’s Fire Academy. She has maintained State of Michigan paramedic and instructor/coordinator licensure since completing this education. She has had a tremendous influence on fellow LCC faculty members and countless students throughout her EMS Program teaching career.

The East Lansing and MSU communities are fortunate to have Chief Carson leading their fire department.